Wakefield Library and Museum invites you to The Gambit, a play by Mark Reid. There will be two performances on Wednesday 27th July at 5pm and again at 6pm. Both performances are free and there is no need to book. The Gambit is about twenty-five years of betrayal played out on the chessboard – lies, deceit and anger erupting in an epic clash between the defining Grandmasters of the 20th Century. The play is touring venues in the north before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Don’t miss it!
2015 marks 150 years since the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The White Rabbit, The Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat: who is your favourite Alice character? The strange world of Wonderland, the off-the-wall logic and the independent heroine are still fresh after 150 years. I love the original illustrations, many children will recognise the Disney version first and some may see the Mad Hatter as Johnny Depp. The best way to enjoy the story? ” ‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
To celebrate the anniversary, libraries are holding a series of Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties. All are free but please contact the library for more details and to book:
Castleford Forum Thursday 6 August 2pm
Featherstone Library Thursday 6 August 2.30pm
Hemsworth Library Monday 3 August 2pm
Horbury Library Friday 7 August 2.15pm
Pontefract Library Tuesday 28 July 10am
Ossett Library Friday 7 August 2.30pm
South ElmsallLibrary Monday 3 August 2pm
Wakefield Library Monday 3 August 2pm
Aged 14-24? Keen to make a difference and develop your skills?
Libraries are looking for young volunteers to help out over the busy summer holiday period.
You could help staff with the Summer Reading Challenge and talk to children about the books they’ve been reading, help with summer activities and create in-library displays. Perhaps you’ve got some good ideas about how you could help children to have fun in the library this summer?
If you’d like to be one of the 8000+ young people who volunteer in libraries every summer, ask you local library for details now or email email@example.com
National Bookstart Week is 8 – 14 June and this year the theme is Jungle Adventures! Join us at any of our regular storytimes to enjoy the jungle fun with lots of stories, rhymes and things to make. There’s a gift for every child to take home as well, a specially written and illustrated copy of Rumble in The Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz. But best of all would be lots of people spreading the Bookstart messsage that getting into the habit of sharing stories, books and rhymes every day (even for just 10 minutes) shows children that reading is a fun activity, while helping them bond with family, understand their world and get ready for school and beyond.Every little monkey deserves a story and a cuddle.
Details of regular storytimes are avilable on the ‘Bookstart Storytimes’ blog page.
A one-day celebration of reading, writing and words is coming to Featherstone this September and we want to hear from you! Your invitation
to attend an introductory public mee+ng:
Wednesday 20th May, 5pm to 6pm,
What’s it for? The ‘ Lit Fest in a Day’ project will be launched at this
meeting with local writer Ian Clayton, who will help introduce the project
and open a discussion about ideas for the forthcoming event, being held
this September at Featherstone Library. Who should attend? The meeting
is open to anyone who would like more information about the festival,
who has an idea to contribute, or who wants to get involved as a
volunteer. It’s an opportunity for people to see how they can get involved,
and have a say in what will be included. Make it yours! Bring your ideas
and enthusiasm to help shape this one day festival as part of Wakefield Lit
Fest. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up on the day!
Food rationing started in 1940 – how would you cope with feeding a family with such a limited supply of meat, fat and sugar? We would all be a lot healthier..people in this country ended the war healthier than they had ever been or have been since. Now you can find tips to try a healthy wartime diet today with our new War on Weight collection. There are books on wartime cookery and growing your own food as well as recreating that wartime spirit with books about using up leftovers, saving money and making over clothing. You can make a start with this recipie for the famous Woolton Pie
The books are all in stock in all our libraries so ask staff about the collection and invite Dr. Carrot and Potato Pete home with you!
It’s Read Regional time once again. Every year this scheme introduces library users to new titles by authors based in the north of England. This year there are 10 exciting titles to explore.
There are five novels:
Letters to my Husband by Stephanie Butland
The Last King of Lydia by Tim Leach
The Quick by Lauren Owen
Herring Girl by Debbie Taylor
Into the Trees by Robert Williams
Three books of poetry:
Ellen Phethean: Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman
Helen Tookey: Missel-Child
John Wedgwood Clarke: Ghost Pot
a novel for young people, Hate by Alan Gibbons and finally a graphic novel, Sally Heathcote, Suffragette by Mary and Bryan Talbot. If you have never tried reading a novel in graphic form why not give this a try. Their graphic novel Dotter of her Father’s Eyes won the Costa Biography Award in 2013.
You can find out more about the books on the Read Regional webpage and the books are available in libraries or for some titles, as reader group sets. Lauren Owen, Debbie Willams and Robert Williams will be visiting Wakefield to talk about their books (see our What’s On page for details) and Alan Gibbons will be speaking to classes from a local school. Treat yourself to a selction of the finest new writing from the north this Spring.